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Fran Becker

Special Counsel – Private Clients and Agribusiness

Fran strives to provide technically excellent, value-driven and commercially effective strategies and solutions for her clients and has practical experience in the private clients and agribusiness space, having grown up and been involved in the agribusiness industry all her life.  She is a capable legal professional, known for her energy and enthusiasm in the workplace.

Fran is an agribusiness and private client’s lawyer at Hamilton Locke. She is a trusted advisor to many privately owned businesses, families and high net worth individuals, advising on succession and business transition planning, complex estate planning, structuring and asset protection, and commercial, business and rural property transactions.

Originally from Central Queensland, Fran with her husband now owns and runs a beef cattle enterprise in the Maranoa region, where she takes an active involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business and enjoys the reward of being a grazier, like many of her agribusiness clients.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Fran worked for Shand Taylor Lawyers and McCullough Robertson Lawyers.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Estate planning; Succession Law; Commercial Law; Property Law; Trusts Law; Business Law; Tax Law

 

AWARDS

  • Doyles Rising Star 2019 - Succession Law

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – College of Law (Australia)
  • Admitted to practice in Queensland

 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS:

  • Acting for high net worth individuals in their succession plan including providing structuring and asset protection advice on a complex entity structure
  • Acting in relation to a reorganisation of an estate plan in a manner that provided greater asset protection for the client and their intended beneficiaries.
  • Acting for a privately owned company (family business) on their business succession plan including conducting a full review and update of their shareholders’ agreement and buy sell deed to create certainty for the business and ensure the shareholders’ and their respective families benefit upon their passing.
  • Acting in the succession of a rural family partnership including advising on and implementing the restructure of partnership interests and the transfers of rural properties.
  • Acting in a business acquisition of a large veterinary practice through a partnership interest including advising on the practice governing documents.
  • Advising an Australian owned farming enterprise on the restructure of an agribusiness in order to improve business efficiency and future succession plans with revenue efficiency.
  • Advising a high net worth individual on a sophisticated estate plan involving a complicated entity structure, potential claims against the individual’s estate and complex will drafting requirements.